Guest Spotlight: In Her Own Words

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CheniseWe have the privilege of getting to know many of our guests, whether they’re here for just for one night or for several months. All their stories are compelling with a common thread: they need a place to stay in Chapel Hill after an illness or accident brings them here for world-class treatment at UNC Hospitals.

Last winter, patient and Family House guest Chenise Speight of Goldsboro, North Carolina, shared her story with us in a letter. We share her words here:

“I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma In June 2016 and my life changed instantly. I received a stem cell transplant from Duke and took chemotherapy by pill form. The cancer came back aggressive in 2018 and I was referred to Chapel Hill to participate in a CAR T-cell infusion clinical trial in September 2019.

"I was told about Family House from my social worker who had already booked the room for the duration of my treatment and recovery. The House is a community effort to ensure all patients and caregivers are treated like family! My caregiver and I were able to have home-cooked breakfasts and dinners from volunteers in the community. Different talents would come in and either play music, sing or teach us how to knit, etc. The staff at the House was always available for any questions or concerns. However, the most rewarding experience was being able to communicate with other families going through similar diagnoses.

"Family House is a very diverse housing community that will have a long-lasting impression on my life!!”

We thank Chenise for sharing her experience and wish her well as she continues along the long road to recovery.

Photo: Chenise, wearing red, with her caregiver.

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